2003 Winners of the National Awards for Education Reporting

The 2003 education journalism awards winners are announced!

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Education Writers Association (EWA), the national professional association of education reporters and writers, today announced the winners of the 2003 National Awards for Education Reporting, the prestigious national competition for education writing. The annual contest honors the best education reporting in the print and broadcast media and is the only independent contest of its kind in the United States. Contest entries were limited to stories published or broadcast for the first time during the 2003 calendar year.

A total of 416 entries were judged in this year’s contest. First Prize winners receive a cash prize of $250 and a plaque. Winners of Second Prizes and Special Citations receive certificates. The Fred M. Hechinger Grand Prize for Distinguished Education Reporting includes an award of $1,000 and a plaque, and will be presented to the best of the First Prize winners. EWA is also pleased to announce the addition of Beat Reporting prizes for reporters in both small and large media and markets. Prizes, including the announcement of the Grand Prize, will be given at the awards banquet April 17 at 6:30 p.m. during the Education Writers Association’s 57th National Seminar, April 15-17, 2004, at the Hyatt Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco.

Contest judging was conducted independently, under the direction of Chief Judge Chris Harvey of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland. This year’s panel of distinguished judges included: Dan Froomkin, former editor of Washingtonpost.com; Ira Chinoy, visiting professor at the University of Maryland and Washington Post reporter; Joye Mercer Barksdale, spokeswoman for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education; Frank Quine, assistant dean, Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland; Ledyard King, reporter for Gannett News Service; Viola G. Gienger, health editor at Bloomberg News; Carl Sessions Stepp, professor, Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland, and senior editor at American Journalism Review; Scott Jaschik, former deputy managing editor of the Chronicle of Higher Education; and, Patrice Pascual, deputy director of the Casey Journalism Center on Children and Families.

Recent winners of the Fred M. Hechinger Grand Prize for Distinguished Education Reporting include Eric Eyre and Scott Finn, Charleston Gazette; Patrick Healy, Boston Globe; Ken Weiss, Los Angeles Times; and, Tim Simmons, Raleigh News & Observer.

Under 100,000–Breaking or Hard News

First Prize — Josh Funk and Julie MahWichita Eagle, “BOE Settlement Hidden”

Second Prize –David HunnBakersfield Californian, “Parents Demand Novel be Banned”

Special Citations — Dorie TurnerChattanooga Times Free Press, “The Shumaker Scandal”

— Ben EvansJim ShampAngela D. ForestChristopher Kirkpatrick,

— Mark SchultzEric FerreriHerald-Sun (N.C.), “NCCU Mold”

Under 100,000–Feature, News Feature or Issue Package

First Prize — Eric Alan BartonNew Times Broward/Palm Beach, “Jeb’s Boy”

Second Prize — Joann CiavagliaBucks County Courier Times (Pa.), “Building a New World”

Special Citations — Charles AdamsonBakersfield Californian, “Special Education

— Erin WalshNorth County Times (Ca.), “Educational Crossroads: The Small School with the Big Problem”

Under 100,000–Series or Group of Articles

First Prize — Challen StephensHuntsville Times, “Separate Again”

Second Prize — David HunnBakersfield Californian, “Culture of Truancy”

Special Citation — Eric FerreriKim SweetAngela D. ForestHerald-Sun (N.C.), “The Graying of the Gown”

Under 100,000–Investigative Reporting

First Prize — Karen AyresTimes of Trenton, “Most NJ School Buses Fail Inspection”

Second Prize — Molly WalshBurlington Free Press, “Breach of Trust”

(tie) Matt BachFlint Journal, “Frequent Flier”

Special Citation — Mike FitzgeraldBelleville News-Democrat (Ill.), “Illicit Purchasing of Testing Materials”

Under 100,000–Opinion

First Prize — David AwbreyBurlington Free Press, “Tax Revolt”

Second Prize — Chuck StrouseNew Times Broward/Palm Beach, “Steal from the Kiddies”

Over 100,000–Breaking or Hard News

First Prize — June KronholzRobert TomshoDaniel GoldenRobert S. GreenbergerSholnn FreemanMatt MurrayCharles ForelleWall Street Journal, “Race Matters”

Second Prize — Dana TofigAtlanta Journal-Constitution, “No Child Left Behind”

Special Citation — Norman DraperStar Tribune, “Superintendent Pay”

Over 100,000–Feature, News Feature or Issue Package

First Prize — Christopher SheaKate ZernikeGreg WinterJane GrossJames SchembariNew York Times: Education Life, “Sticker Shock”

Second Prize — Michael WineripNew York Times: Education Life, “How to Win a Rhodes”

Special Citation — Bill SchacknerPittsburgh Post-Gazette, “May the Course be with You”

Over 100,000–Series or Group of Articles

First Prize — Daniel Golden, Wall Street Journal, “White Affirmative Action”

Second Prize — Dale MezzacappaSusan SnyderMartha WoodallToni CallasKellie PatrickDan HardyConnie LanglandAlletta EmenoPhiladelphia Inquirer, “No Child Left Behind”

Special Citation — Aimee EdmondsonRuma BanerjiSherri DrakeWayne RisherCommercial Appeal, “Stress Tests: Teacher Survey”

Over 100,000–Investigative Reporting

First Prize — Christine WillmsenMaureen O’HaganSeattle Times, “Coaches Who Prey: The Abuse of Girls and the System That Allows it”

Second Prize — Kimberly MillerS.V. DatePalm Beach Post, “Florida School Vouchers: A Lack of Accountability”

Special Citations — Debbie CenziperJason GrottoMiami Herald, “Crumbling Schools”

— Aileen DoddDavid MillironAtlanta Journal-Constitution, “Gwinnett County, Ga., School Discipline Under-Reporting”

Over 100,000–Opinion

First Prize –Geri ThroneOrlando Sentinel, “Voucher Voodoo”

Second Prize — Joe CopelandSeattle Post-Intelligencer, “Road to Mediocrity”

Special Citations– Linda FandelDes Moines Register, “No Child Left Behind”

— Louis FreedbergSan Francisco Chronicle, “Reclaiming Childhood”

Beat Reporting–Small Media or Market

First Prize — Matt BachFlint Journal

Second Prize — Julianne BasingerChronicle of Higher Education

Special Citation — Jeffrey AmyMobile Register


Beat Reporting–Large Media or Market

First Prize — Jonathan RockoffBaltimore Sun

Second Prize — Matthew PinzurMiami Herald

Special Citations– Robert FrahmHartford Courant

— David McKay WilsonJournal News

Magazines–National Circulation

Special Citation — John CloudTime Magazine, “Inside the New SAT”


Magazines–Regional or Local Circulation

First Prize — Doug MostBoston Magazine, “Teachers’ Dirty Looks”

Second Prize — Marc FisherWashington Post Magazine, “Pass/Fail”

Special Citation — Tyler CurrieWashington Post Magazine, “Reaching Rommel”


Special Interest, Institutional and Trade Publications

First Prize — Kevin BushwellerLinda JacobsonRobert JohnsonEducation Week, “Nation at Risk: The Next Generation”

Second Prize — Jeffrey SelingoChronicle of Higher Education, “The Money Crunch: The Changing Relationship Between States and Public Higher Education”

Special Citations — Jeff ArcherEducation Week, “Agent of Change”

— Samantha StainburnTeacher Magazine, “What’s So Funny?”